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Fort Thicketty, originally called Fort Anderson, was built in 1756 to help guard the surrounding communities from Indian attack. When the war started a group of Tories took over the fort and began using it as a headquarters from which they raided the surrounding countryside. The Loyalist garrison was commanded by Capt. Patrick Moore. The Patriots persuaded the garrison to surrender, including one British Sergeant Major who was assigned to train the Loyalists, without firing a shot. They captured 250 loaded muskets and 93 soldiers.
second in command to his father at the Battle of Point Pleasant, the only major battle of Lord Dunmore's War. He gained the reputation of an expert woodsman and surveyor and spent the early part of the Revolutionary War gathering supplies for the Continental Army. Later in the war, he and John Sevier led expeditions over the Appalachian Mountains against the British forces in North Carolina. He played a pivotal role in the British defeat at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
The reconstructed fort is located 10 miles southeast of Cowpens, SC.
The aerial views of Fort Thicketty shown below demonstrate problems encountered by drones due to a combination of foliage height and their proximity to the subject. In order to avoid the trees the 153 aerial views were taken at height of 110 feet instead of being shot a maximum of 50 feet above the subject. This is too high to create a quality image. In addition to height, ground based scanned images or photogrammetry images and extensive editing will be required to give a clear image of the sides of the building.
Many of the Tories or Loyalists, that held the fort were local men. At the beginning of the War, it is estimated that about 50% of the Upcountry people supported the King and not the revolution. Word of this fort and the Tory attacks on the local communities made its way to a group of Patriot soldiers camped on the Broad River. These men were under the command of Col. Isaac Shelby of North Carolina. On July 30, Shelby and 600 of his men rode from their camp on Broad River and surrounded Fort Thicketty.
Isaac Shelby was the first and fifth Governor of Kentucky and served in the state legislatures of Virginia and North Carolina. His military experience began when he served as